On December 6, 1871,William L. Otte was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. As a young man, Otte worked as a successful stockbroker in New York City while studying part-time at the New York School of Art under painter Robert Henri (1865-1929). When he decided to start a fulltime career as an artist in 1913, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA. Up to his death in 1957, he continued to paint landscapes of the surrounding area.
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Santa Barbara Artists Association
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